Where I Belong
The keenly-awaited second album from Montreal-based soul singer Bobby Bazini is entitled Where I Belong. The happy answer for BB is at the top of the charts, as that is where the record has immediately gone. The potential of Bazini was shown by his 2010 debut record, Better in Time, one that spawned the hit single "I Wonder" and helped him snare two JUNO nominations the next year. He got the big label treatment and budget this time, allowing him to record in L.A. with famed producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell) and such legendary players as Booker T. Jones. He rose to the challenge with well-crafted songs that feature soul and roots elements and showcase his husky yet warm voice. We especially dig the full-blooded opening track, "Cold Cold Heart" and the duet with the ubiquitous Serena Ryder on Bee Gees classic "To Love Somebody".
Bazini is sure to draw a huge crowd when he plays the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal on June 27. For subsequent dates, go to his website.